Romney To Tour Gitmo; Critic: Fix MA Prisons First


Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has only visited the state's troubled prisons once briefly, will tour the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tomorrow to share his ideas on prison “best practices,” reports the Boston Herald. Romney, with Department of Correction Commissioner Kathleen Dennehy, will tour the notorious detention center where terrorists and terror suspects are held. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will also be on the trip. Both Republicans, weighing presidential runs, were invited by the Pentagon.

Massachsetts state Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios (D-Cambridge), who quit a Romney corrections advisory council last year citing Romney's inaction on its proposals, said the state's troubled system is no model: “I'd invite the governor to come learn about our own prison system first. We have a long way to go before we can be held up as a national, or international, model.” Romney formed the council after the 2003 murder of defrocked priest John Geoghan by a fellow inmate. Four members have quit, saying Romney was not committed to change and did not attend a single meeting.


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